1. Quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts. Bundle up and plan an active outing such as sledding, ice skating, gathering wood for a fire, or if you’re feeling adventurous, visit an indoor rock wall.
2. If your kids are having a Valentine’s Day party at their school or day care, instead of sending candies, consider raisins, grapes, whole-grain pretzels, colored pencils or stickers as tokens of their friendly affection.
3. Cooking at home is an excellent way to control what and how much you eat. Take a date to a local cooking class to practice your skills or learn a new technique.
4. Rather than tempting your beloved with sweets, consider a gift that has more permanence. Do it yourself or handmade arts and crafts are great examples!
5. Give to one another by giving back. Ask a date to volunteer with you at a local organization. Giving back is a healthy habit that can boost your mood and help beat stress.
6. Use this day as an opportunity to tell your loved one how important they are to you, and share ways that you can support each other’s health and wellness.
7. Craving something sweet? Gift a beautiful fresh fruit basket to your loved one instead of giving sweets with added sugars
8. Sharing is caring – if you go out for a romantic dinner, order one entrée to share. Many restaurant servings are enough for two – splitting will keep you from overdoing it.
9. Don't be tempted - There is a 99% chance that there will be sugary treats, chocolates and candy brought to your office. Simply walk away, or keep it out of sight! If you receive a luxurious box of chocolates from your sweetie, stick it in the freezer and enjoy in moderation over the next several weeks.
10. Take a long romantic walk with your loved one, and try to make it a regular habit. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity each week to help keep your heart healthy. You can reach this goal by walking briskly for at least 30 minutes five days each week